I’ve decided that Thanksgiving break and peak marathon training week make an excellent combination. I didn’t plan it this way but it really was the best week of the year for getting in a lot of miles not to mention the abundance of delicious food! I only worked one day (and even then it was part-time) so I had the time flexibility for running and cooking. My kids had no complaints!
I guess this makes up for this past summer when peak week for the San Francisco Marathon coincided with the busiest week of the year for work. Add in 90 degree weather and unthinkable humidity and you get the gist of it.
Going into peak training week for the 3 Bridges Marathon I had 10 consecutive weeks of pretty solid, consistent mileage (60-76 miles per week). I’m pretty proud of this training cycle considering I raced 7 of those 10 weekends- mostly 5k’s and 10k’s which are not ideal for trying to get mileage up for marathon training. This meant most of the races were not tapered and some were used as workouts. I knew peak week would have my longest run and it also included a killer hill workout so I’d be ready for the bridge climbs.
Mon. 11/21- 13 miles easy @ 7:19 avg.
Tue. 11/22- 8 miles easy @ 7:49 avg. (morning run) & 4 miles easy @ 7:47 (afternoon run)
Wed. 11/23- 12 miles @ 7:47 avg. including 12 x hill repeats. TOUGH workout and this one left me sore for 2 days.
Photo credit @ Abi
Thur. 11/24- 10 miles easy @ 8:23 avg. Recovery miles with a friend on Thanksgiving.
Fri. 11/25- 8 miles easy @ 8:30 avg. Still a little sore from Wednesday’s workout so I took this run easy and enjoyed getting to run with a friend.
Sat. 11/26- 23 miles @ 6:51 avg. at the Sunset Endurance Challenge. I did NOT intend to run this fast but based on effort it felt easier than my last 2 long runs when I averaged 7+ min pace. The Sunset Endurance Challenge was a free running event around the Sunset Lake (flat paved trail) and each loop was one mile. This is a very organized event put on by the Saline County Striders. Participants signed up to run or walk for 24, 12, or 6 hours. You could stop at anytime and take breaks as needed but if you planned to run for less than 6 hours you needed to sign up for the 6 hour event which is what I did. I planned on stopping as soon as I reached 23 miles. With a flat course and temps in the low 40’s the miles flew by and it really was the best way to work in a long run. There were always runners around and it was such a nice change from my usual long run routine. Two of my running buddies went too and afterwards we went for coffee and shopping.
Sun. 11/27- 2 miles recovery @ 9:18. Until about a year ago I would take off 1-2 days after a 20+ mile long run. My body needed complete rest. I’ve found that now I actually feel better with a short slow run to work out the tightness. This run really helped with that and I was able to get back into training this week with nothing feeling “off.”
Total # of hot Epsom salt baths- 9 or 10. I took at least 1 a day (sometimes 2)!
Total # of calories consumed- A LOT. I don’t count calories but if I did I’m sure I would have lost track. I had a lot of bananas from a local running event so on Tuesday of Thanksgiving week I actually made 14 loaves of banana bread. Then on Sunday I made 3 loaves of pumpkin bread. We were able to give away most of the banana bread to friends and the pumpkin bread was for a fellowship at church. Even I know I do NOT need that much bread! I just enjoy baking and the more I run the more I tend to bake…